Manny Farber

As an artist and a critic, he was the enemy of the ornate. Manny Farber, who died at 91 near San Diego, championed the beauty of small things in his collage work and the cramped brilliance of little men in tight spots in the B movies he loved--films that, through his writing, he helped raise from forgotten to fashionable. Son of a store owner in the mining town of Douglas, Ariz., he played football at Berkeley, then went East and upended movie criticism. Writing for the New Republic, the Nation, Time, Cavalier and a host of art and film journals, Farber...

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